Sunday, October 28, 2012
What's up! Welcome back to my Soul Sundays! Today's artist is one of my Favorite Old school groups Newcleus singing "Jam on it". This song always get's the party jumping.. These were the days when people were wearing Wind Breakers, adidas with Fat Laces listening to this song on their Boomboxes doing break dancing moves on cardboard boxes. When this song first came out my Dad was young. He was a good dancer & Loved to Break Dance. I remember him always dancing on the cardboard box and trying to show me some moves. I remember watching "Breaking"& loving the music they played on there & trying to do their dances.. I'm including a clip from the movie. I'm very grateful to be schooled on this era. Hope you enjoyed my selection!
Mrs. Julie Toons
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
What's up welcome back to my Soul Sundays!
Today's artist are "The Joneses" singing "Pretty, Pretty", "Baby, don't do it" and live footage of them performing on Soul Train "Sugar pie guy" from their 1974 album "I can't see what you see in me". The Joneses is one of the lesser known soul groups that should've have been more recognized. I hope you enjoy these selections!
Mrs. Julie Toons
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
What's up welcome back to my Soul Sundays!
Today's artist is Carla Thomas singing "Gee Whiz" & "I've fallen in love with you" Carla Thomas was Born December 21, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee
who is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. She is the daughter of Rufus Thomas
in the Foote Homes Housing Project. Her parents, Rufus and Lorene Thomas, brought three musically gifted children into this world: Carla, Marvell and Vaneese. Despite growing up in the projects, the Thomas family lived in close proximity to the locally celebrated Palace Theater on world-famous Beale Street, as Rufus was the theater’s emcee for their amateur shows. This access not only gave Thomas her first taste of the music world but it also provided a springboard for her transformation into the Queen of the Memphis Sound.
Although Thomas would release albums in the 1990s and in the 2000s, she is best known for the work she completed for both Atlantic Records and most notably, Stax Records in the 1960s. Her first record, Cause I Love You was a duet with her father, with brother Marvell on keyboards, that was released by Satellite Records, which eventually became Stax Records. Recorded when Thomas was still attending Hamilton High School in Memphis, the record drew enough local attention to catch the interest of Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records. He signed a deal with the owners of Satellite Records, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, to distribute Cause I Love You and thus paved the way for Thomas’ most famous single, Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes). During this time Carla also released what is now considered to be one of the finest "Northern Soul" records of all time, "I'll Never Stop Loving You". Her album of duets with Otis Redding was a big hit in Great Britain.
Although this iconic single would eventually chart within the Top 10 on the pop chart and within the Top 5 on the R&B chart, it had an inauspicious beginning. Initially recorded at the Thomas family home, Rufus shopped the song to Vee-Jay Records in Chicago. Despite their interest, Vee-Jay never followed through or actively pursued securing the distribution rights. Because of his belief in the song's potential, Rufus returned to Memphis and in the summer of 1960, Thomas would cut the teen love song that she penned when she was only 15 years old. The song was released by Rufus and Carla in October, 1960, to not much fanfare. However, by February 1961, the song was being distributed nationally through Atlantic Records just as Thomas was in the midst of her first year at Tennessee A&I University in Nashville. The overwhelming success of the single also propelled Thomas into the visual spotlight as she performed on American Bandstand. Despite its success, Thomas was still amazed at the song’s popularity. According to Thomas, “The record was young-sounding, romantic and it expressed what a lot of people wanted to say at that age, but still, I was surprised at how well it did”. Not only did this song provide a launching pad to Thomas' first album, but it also gave Stax Records national exposure and label recognition.
Carla’s biggest influence was her father, Rufus. Besides accompanying him during his emcee days at the Palace Theater, Rufus also encouraged and believed in his daughter’s ability. According to Carla, “My dad probably discovered I could sing before I did”. He was also instrumental and setting the stage for her Teen Town Singers gig and for actively pursuing and promoting her breakthrough single, Gee Whiz. I'm including a clip on a 9yr old girl named Kayla who performed Gee Whiz at a local oldies show and She kills it! I love to see young people keep soul music alive.. I always play soul music & school my kids. They love it!
Hope you enjoy my selections!
Mrs Julie Toons
Friday, October 12, 2012
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Diesel x Mister Cartoon Time 2 Ride - Thailand Part 1 from SA Studios Global on Vimeo.
"Mister Cartoon and Diesel are certainly no strangers to one another. The duo has worked together fairly recently on the extensive Only The Brave initiative video, shot by Estevan Oriol. Today brings the news that Mister Cartoon and Diesel have aligned once again for a limited edition watch collection – a project which is Diesel’s first-ever collaborative timepiece venture.
The special project sees Cartoon curating two unique timepieces, the DCMC0001 and DZMC0002 – each watch customized and designed by Cartoon himself. The designs feature a range of applications from Cartoon’s iconic portfolio, including his iconic clown face, typographic roman numerals and a reinterpretation of Diesel’s famous Mohican icon.
In addition to the collaborative project, Cartoon also recently spent three weeks in Thailand tattooing some of the country’s most influential people and tastemakers. Cartoon and Diesel invited Estevan Oriol to document the trip in a four-part series the trio have titled “Time 2 Ride.” Catch the first installment by hitting play on the video below, and stay tuned as further imagery of the timepieces are soon to come.
The Diesel x Mister Cartoon limited edition collection will be available worldwide October 10, 2012 in Diesel stores, select department stores, specialty retailers and online at http://dieseltimeframes.com/mistercartoon."
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
What's up welcome back to Soul Sundays! I'm very excited to say that it's been one year exactly when I took over Cartoons Soul Sunday section on his blog. He created Soul Sundays 3 years prior. I still remember the day he asked me to take over and add my touch. He knew my history with music and said I should share my playlist.
I grew up to soul music, oldies, funk, disco with the special thanks to my parents. They were young teen loves & had a passion for music. They constantly played 45's such as Mary well's, Barbara mason, Marvin Gaye, Otis redding, The Fuzz, The Lovelites, Supremes and the list keeps going on and on..... I'm very thankful to be introduced and schooled to the music of the 60's & 70's motown sound. Thank you everyone that has shown me love and support! I really appreciate it. Today's selection is dedicated to my parents since they inspired me. When my parents first met my mom said my dad would always play "Brick house" by the commodores. This was a hit song in 1977 I was born in 1978 you do the math. HAHA
Hope you like my selection thank you for the love!
Mrs Julie Toons